Friction Control Workshop Offered This Fall; Future Events Noted
ASTM Committee G02 on Wear and Erosion is sponsoring the workshop
Friction Test Methods for Research and Applications, Nov. 15,
at the Omni-Rosen Hotel in Orlando, Fla., during ASTM Committee
Week activities, Nov. 12-17. Visitors are invited to Committee
G02 meetings to discover how wear testing and terminology standards
are developed and approved. The workshop will address all issues
related to friction measurement in materials research and engineering.
Friction methods for metals, polymers, ceramics, coatings, and
other engineering materials are within the workshop scope.
Abstracts of 200-300 words are due July 15. Submitters will be
notified of acceptance by July 31. Contributors can opt to give
an oral presentation, or, in addition, submit a manuscript for
publication in a special issue of Tribology International. Authors
wishing to submit full papers should indicate this on their abstracts.
Full papers are due Nov. 14.
Friction control is vital in a wide range of machinery and industrial
processes, as in power transmission and braking systems. Frictional
losses rob equipment of energy efficiency and disrupt smooth operation,
even to the point of seizure. From the friction of human hair,
skin, and teeth to the friction of high-speed ceramic bearings
and brake materials, friction has an impact on safety, energy
efficiency, and mechanical design. Frictional phenomena range
in scale from the earths tectonic plates to the sub-micrometer
dimensions of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and individual
asperities; therefore, a wide range of testing methods and analyses
is needed. Conducting friction tests involves careful attention
to surface preparation and to the selection of testing variables,
as friction is both materials-and-system dependent. The repeatability
and significance of friction coefficient measurement is an important
Since 1964, ASTM Committee G02 has led development of voluntary
wear, erosion, and friction testing standards. Six standards-writing
subcommittees meet twice per year to discuss abrasion, erosion,
terminology, computerization, friction, and non-abrasive wear
(sliding wear). For further Committee G02 information, consult
the ASTM Web site (www.astm.org).
Abstracts can be mailed, faxed, or e-mailed to workshop chairman
Dr. Peter Blau, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, P. O. Box 2008 (Mail Stop 6063),
Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6063. (865/ 574/5377; fax: 865/574-6918).
Guest accommodations for the November workshop will be provided
by Omni-Rosen Hotel, 9840 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819
Committee G02 meets May 8-11, 2000 in conjunction with the STLE
tribology society conference, and in APRIL_2000 2001 with the International
Conference on Wear of Materials (WOM 2001) in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
For meeting or membership details, contact manager Tim Brooke, ASTM (610/832-9729). //